This is a listing of members of House Baratheon who appear in A Song of Ice and Fire.
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For the main Stormlands entry, see here
For the House Baratheon of Dragonstone, see here
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House Baratheon of Storm's End
- "Ours Is The Fury"—Baratheon House Wordsnote
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Tropes related to House Baratheon
- Always Second Best: The founder of House Baratheon was The Lancer to Aegon the Conqueror, so the Baratheons lived in the shadow of the Targaryens for many years. When they eventually become the new overlords after Robert's Rebellion, it isn't long before they are being undermined by their more cunning allies, the Lannisters, who are even more ruthlessly determined to succeed House Targaryen.
- Anti-Hero: Robert, Stannis, and Renly, each to varying degrees and with different results.
- Badass Family: Not always, but the most notable members have been proud and powerful warriors.
- Big, Screwed-Up Family: Robert marrying into the Lannisters and Stannis with the Florents certainly does not help.
- Birds of a Feather: With the Starks and Targaryens, in that the Baratheons also serve as grim deconstructions of traditional fantasy heroes.
- Blood Knight: The Baratheons are known for their belligerence, and for producing great warriors and generals.
- Blue Blood: House Baratheon is basically House Durrandon with a different name and the current royal family.
- Boisterous Bruiser: Most Baratheons fall under this trope, although Stannis and Renly are notable exceptions (Stannis is the opposite of boisterious, while Renly was never a real fighter.) The most notable Baratheons use the Nikita Kruschev method of diplomacy of drinking their foes stupid until they make them their friends.
- Book Ends: Regarding the Targaryens. The Baratheons both served to place them in power and later caused their eventual defeat and exile.
- Can't Catch Up: They are supposed to be the ones in charge, but their faction is among the least stable alongside the Starks and the Tullys. Following King Robert's Hunting "Accident", the Iron Throne is held by the Lannisters through his supposed "children", who are bastard pretenders born of incest. Subsequently, all those with actual Baratheon blood are wanted dead by the crown. Making matters worst, the house's two remaining figureheads, Stannis and Renly, each crown themselves king and quarrel with each other instead of their common enemy. This ends in Renly's death, leaving Stannis and his daughter as the last trueborn Baratheons. Unfortunately, Stannis is a branded rebel who no one is eager to make an alliance with. Needless to say, things are not looking good for this family.
- The Clan: A spread-out and hardly communicating with each other kind, but... yes.
- Color-Coded Characters: All Baratheons are supposed to have the trademark black hair and blue eyes; these traits, or lack thereof, are one of the main plot points of the story.
- Color Motif: The Black in Gold represents the Baratheon's dark side beneath their shiny exterior.
- Determinator: Deconstructed. They tend to be difficult to reason with, so their stubbornness causes headaches for themselves and others.
- Divided We Fall: Three ways. At least. (And, that's even if you don't count people who nominally work for some factions as part of the "House".)
- It should be pointed out that there's rarely ever been more than one male Baratheon in a generation. The last time there were two, the younger son joined the Kingsguard.
- Dragon Ascendant: Originally the Number Two to the Targaryens.
- One could say they were The Dragon to the dragons.
- Dysfunction Junction: The combined psychological and relationship issues among the individuals makes for a lot of miscommunication and barrier-building. It's the downside to having many big and stubborn personalities in the same room.
- Fallen Hero: The house's founder, Orys Baratheon, went from a Heroic Bastard and Knight in Shining Armor to a crippled, revenge-obsessed madman who kept severed hands and feet as trophies. The same happened to Robert, going from incredible Magnetic Hero to ineffectual Adipose Rex in just a few years. Stannis seems to be heading down the same road too, though he seems to be getting better after liberating Deepwood Motte.
- Freudian Trio
- Robert (Ego): His will (when he bothered to) as the only thing that kept his brother's ambitions in check.
- Renly (Id): Indulged his whims and made a bad situation worse by grabbing the crown instead of doing his brotherly duty.
- Stannis (Superego): Lives and breathes duty even when he doesn't want to.
- History Repeats: The Baratheons have made a habit of marching off to war after being spurned out of arranged marriages. Orys killed Argillac the Arrogant after the latter chopped a man's hands off over a proposed betrothal to Argillac's daughter; Lyonel the Laughing Storm rose up in revolt against Aegon the Unlikely after Prince Duncan broke his own betrothal to Lyonel's daughter to marry his lover Jenny of Oldstones; Robert deposed the Targaryens and took the Iron Throne for himself after Prince Rhaegar abducted Lyanna Stark.
- Hot-Blooded: Many members of this family seem to be passionate with big personalities.
- Irony: House Baratheon is known for ultra-masculine men, with personalities as fierce as storms, bodies like brick houses, great battle commanders and warriors and the symbol of their house... is a deer, a grass-eating, peace-loving deer.
- Stags can be scary, you know.
- Their sigil is more hinting at their aggressive, stubborn, head-in-first attitude, as charging stags with antlers can be quite brutal. This is already hinted at by the relationship and behaviour of the brothers and in fact the first thing Renly and Stannis do is butting heads. Not to mention that a stag gutted a grown direwolf at the beginning of the series. Also the stag is traditionally seen as the king of the forest and its antlers as a crown.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Baratheons can be mercurial, self-destructive and unbelievably insensitive, but most of them are well-meaning. Although, there is the occasional Jerk with a Heart of Jerk.
- Large and in Charge: Another common Baratheon trait is a tall, broad, muscular build.
- Large Ham: Even dating back to the times of House Durrandon, subtle they are not.
- Lonely at the Top: The Baratheon kings tend to be this (except Renly).
- The Marvelous Deer: Sigil of their house.
- Metallic Motifs
Donal Noye: Robert was the true steel. Stannis is pure iron, black and hard and strong, yes, but brittle, the way iron gets. He'll break before he bends. And Renly, that one, he's copper, bright and shiny, pretty to look at but not worth all that much at the end of the day.
- As noted by Donal Noye, former blacksmith at Storm's End:
- Silver coins are still marked with the Baratheon stag to remind everyone they're still second fiddle to House Targaryen whose dragon sigil is stamped on gold coins.
- Mysterious Past: It's rumored that Orys Baratheon was Aegon The Conqueror's bastard brother, but this has never been categorically confirmed. The surname Baratheon also has murky origins itself, as it might be either a surname, an epithet or an appellation from Dragonstone, the Crownlands or Valyria itself note . Other than Orys, there seems that there were no other Baratheons in existence before him or during his lifetime. Cementing their name with House Durrandon and officializing the house name only raised more unanswered questions.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: It's usually a good idea not to mess with someone with "(W)rath" in their last name.
- Only Child Syndrome: Even more so than the Starks, there's a distinct lack of people in the Baratheon family; in fact Stannis and his daughter Shireen seem to be the only trueborn Baratheons left in the world. Ironic given how Robert has fathered so many children, with at least 8 confirmed bastards and as many as 16 illegitimate children, that his House may very well be in its twilight.
- With very few exceptions, Shireen being one of them, the Baratheons seem to have a tendency to produce only one or two sons, just enough to continue the line.
- Pop-Cultural Osmosis: The Baratheons had a crowned stag on their sigil before Robert Baratheon became king. This, they inherited from the Storm Kings of House Durrandon and it's symbolic of this heritage, not from King Robert's reign.note
- The Power of Friendship: Unlike most great houses, Baratheons are not concerned so much with family (since they often find it difficult to get along), but by their meaningful friendships. They just love their Red Oni, Blue Oni dynamics.
- We initially have Robert Baratheon's Odd Friendship with Ned Stark. He sees Ned as a brother even more than his actual brothers, whom he can't stand. And working together, they were able to lead half the realm in overthrowing the Targaryens.
- Renly is very proud of his ability to win friends easily. He spends more time with his close companion Loras Tyrell and his family than with his own relatives. His popularity and charming personality making him the one claimant to the throne with the most supporters at the outset of the War of the Five Kings. According to Renly, his power lies in the combined strength of his many "friends." Subverted, in that none of Renly's friends were able to save him from his death, and most of them joined forces with the man who ordered it immediately after.
- Stannis believes he has no friends, only subjects and enemies. But his most meaningful relationship is with Davos Seaworth, a lowborn smuggler. Davos saved Stannis' and his people during the Siege of Storm's End, and Stannis subsequently raised Davos to nobility and made him his right hand man. In truth, Davos is the Only Friend Stannis has. Since neither are well-loved by their peers, they are each other's strongest supporters.
- Steffon Baratheon, father to Robert, Stannis and Renly, was lifelong friends with Aerys Targaryen and Tywin Lannister, since they all grew up together and fought in the same war. He remained on friendly terms with both even after Aerys and Tywin's own friendship deteriorated. Ironic, considering Steffon's sons, Robert and Stannis, would later become great threats to both Aerys and Tywin.
- Orys, the first Baratheon, was Aegon the Conqueror's Only Friend and most trusted man. It was even rumored that they were half-brothers.
- Pride: Oh yeah. With a hefty side order of Wrath.
- Rag Tag Bunch Of Misfits: The actual house is becoming this out of necessity under Stannis (with some help from Renly). To date, the modern Baratheon army has included knights and lords of the Stormlands, the Crownlands, the Vale and the Reach alongside mountain clans of the North, pirates and sellswords from across the sea, a former smuggler, and, most notably, a red priestess from Asshai. There are even members of the Night's Watch and the Free Folk working in Stannis's interest (again, out of necessity), some of whom he isn't even aware of. He also might be able to persuade some Greyjoy raiders and Karstark soldiers to fight for him in the future.
- Rated M for Manly: Let's see. Tall, dark, handsome and muscular men, with big personalities, passionate determinators with a long history of producing great warriors and military commanders. Oh, and the hereditary title of House Baratheon is the Stormlord. Yeah.
- Revenge Before Reason: They are fiercely passionate about destroying those who are against them. Even Renly. But Joffrey, a full-on Lannister who tries to act like a Baratheon, takes this Up to Eleven.
- Royally Screwed Up: House Baratheon is the new royal family. So far, their reign is off to a very bad start.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: The differences in the Baratheon brothers' priorities and temperament causes them big problems.
- Smarter Than You Look: That boisterous Baratheon bruiser who looks like he likes nothing more than a good fight, a drink and a posse of mates to party with? Make the mistake of thinking that makes him thick, and he'll turn that around to bite you. Most in the family are actually damn intelligent and can fulfil the roles of Genius Bruiser or The Strategist when they so wish. Turning the charm on to make those mates of theirs dangerous is also an option for quite a few of them. Even if they may not always choose to do any of this. This pattern has a tendency of repeating in a number of variations down the line.
- Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Baratheons are generally tall, muscular, dark haired with piercing blue eyes.
- Warrior Prince: Stannis and Robert at least.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Robert, Stannis, and Renly. But Stannis especially.
- What Beautiful Eyes!: All Baratheons share the characteristic striking blue eyes of Argella Durrandon, the first Lady Baratheon.
- You Kill It, You Bought It:: Everything the Baratheons have they got by killing someone else. Orys became Lord of Storm's End by killing the last Storm King, Robert became king by leading a revolt and Stannis gained the bulk of his army by killing his brother Renly.
The Baratheons of the Current AgeThe three sons of Lord Steffon Baratheon and Cassana Estermont. Raised under wardenship and Maesters after their parents perished on a voyage back from Essos, the current Baratheons, Robert, Stannis and Renly are among the most influential members that have ever come from the noble house, as the three of them crowned themselves kings. They are noted for not being particularly fond of each other and for being extremely different in their personalities.
King Robert Baratheon
- See the House Baratheon of Kings Landing page
- See the House Baratheon of Dragonstone page
Renly Baratheon, the First of His Name
The King in Highgarden
- "The Targaryens called Robert usurper. He seemed to be able to bear the shame. So shall I."
- The Ace: Appears this way to the public, being handsome and charismatic. He's quite a Sleazy Politician, however.
- Agent Peacock: Not to the extent of Loras Tyrell, but Renly is noted to have one of the most expensive and fancy wardrobes in the series, which is part of the vain, charming, and carefree image he uses to gain so much support.Littlefinger: Lord Renly spends more on clothing than half the ladies of the court.
Renly: There are worse crimes. The way you dress for one.
- Appeal to Force: When all's said and done, his claim to the throne boils down to "I have a big army". As Renly notes, this is not an argument without historical precedence.
- At Least I Admit It: It's implied that Renly feels something like this about his status as a usurper when compared to Stannis. Renly doesn't seem to buy Stannis's accusation of Cersei's children being bastards, and views both himself and his brother as equally wrong from a legal standpoint in claiming the throne. Based on this, he seems to think Stannis is a hypocrite for trying to mask his intentions with the story of being Robert's legal heir, and dismisses Stannis's accusations of Renly betraying him as baseless, since the actual allegiance he's betraying is to Joffrey.
- However the fact Renly was plotting to displace Cersei with Margaery, which wouldn't make sense unless Cersei's children could be removed from the line of succession, implies he was aware of the incest... which just makes him more of a hypocrite.
- Attention Whore: According to Maester Cressen, Renly has loved being in the spotlight since he was a child.[The Rainbow Guard] was just the sort of notion that would appeal to Renly Baratheon; a splendid new order of knighthood, with gorgeous new raiment to proclaim it. Even as a boy, Renly had loved bright colors and rich fabrics, and he had loved his games as well. "Look at me!" he would shout as he ran laughing through the halls of Storm's End. "Look at me, I'm a dragon," or "Look at me, I'm a wizard," or "Look at me, look at me, I'm the rain god."
The bold little boy with wild black hair and laughing eyes was a man grown now, one-and-twenty, and still he played his games. Look at me, I'm a king, Cressen thought sadly.
- Back from the Dead: Subverted; the "ghost of Renly" that helped drive back Stannis' forces in A Clash of Kings was just Loras' brother Garlan, wearing Renly's armor.
- Badass Boast:Renly: Tyrell swords will make me king. Rowan and Tarly and Caron will make me king, with axe and mace and warhammer. Tarth arrows and Penrose lances, Fossoway, Cuy, Mullendore, Estermont, Selmy, Hightower, Oakheart, Crane, Caswell, Blackbar, Morrigen, Beesbury, Shermer, Dunn, Footly... even House Florent, your own wifeís brothers and uncles, they will make me king. All the chivalry of the south rides with me, and that is the least part of my power. My foot is coming behind, a hundred thousand swords and spears and pikes. And you will destroy me? With what, pray? That paltry rabble I see there huddled under the castle walls? Iíll call them five thousand and be generous, codfish lords and onion knights and sellswords. Half of them are like to come over to me before the battle starts. You have fewer than four hundred horse, my scouts tell me—freeriders in boiled leather who will not stand an instant against armored lances. I do not care how seasoned a warrior you think you are, Stannis, that host of yours wonít survive the first charge of my vanguard.
- Bi the Way: Despite his sexual preferences being well known, Cersei believes that Renly had sex with Margaery because she was available to him as his wife. Let's be honest, however, she just wants to get rid of Margaery anyway she can, and proving Margaery isn't a virgin as she claims is a surefire way to do that. Plus, her source is probably biased.Cersei: A man may prefer the taste of hippocras, yet if you set a tankard of ale before him, he will quaff it quick enough.
- Big Good: Renly's followers see him as this. They seem mostly unaware of what a nasty piece of work he really was.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: A charismatic charmer in public, a sleazy Jerkass in private. Though Brienne considers him a kind and good man for his treatment of her, even letting her join his Rainbow Guard, Renly considered her "absurd". It's also possible Renly knew of Joffrey's illegitimacy, meaning that Stannis is Robert's rightful heir, but refuses to acknowledge its truth because Renly wants to be King.
- Bling of War: He's as bad as Loras when it comes to decorative armor, wearing a suit of enameled green armor and a matching helmet, which has intricate golden antlers that can't possibly be any use in a fight.
- Cain and Abel: Renly and his older brother Stannis are mortal enemies, though neither one is truly "good" or "evil". However Renly happily talks about killing his brother and shows no remorse at this, along with his desire to usurp the throne out of greed and vanity. After his death Stannis is clearly upset, and it is ambiguous how much Stannis knew of his role in Renly's death.
- The Charmer: As is noted above, people like him. His ability to draw people to him is a big part of what makes him a major contender for the Iron Throne.
- Color Motif: Green and gold. Symbolizing not only Renly's greed and ambition, but also his close alliance with the Tyrells (whose house colors are green and gold).
- Confusion Fu: Renly's peach seemed to be his take on this. Stannis takes it as the Implied Death Threat it appears to be, yet Renly claims it wasn't a threat. Later when Renly is dead, Stannis is still puzzled over this. So it apparently worked. Perhaps too well, since this only gave Stannis further motivation to have Renly assassinated."Renly offered me a peach. At our parlay. Mocked me, defied me, threatened me, and offered me a peach. I thought he was drawing a blade and went for mine own. Was that his purpose, to make me show fear? Or was it one of his pointless jests? When he spoke of how sweet it was, did his words have some hidden meaning?" The king gave a shake of his head, like a dog shaking a rabbit to snap its neck. "Only Renly could vex me so with a peach. He brought his doom on himself with his treason, but I did love him, Davos. I know that now. I swear, I will go to my grave thinking of my brother's peach."
- Corrupt Politician: As Master of Laws, he was the Seven Kingdoms' chief lawman and judge. He is also a usurper who knowingly broke the laws of succession.
- Deadpan Snarker: He has a mocking sense of humor.
- Deconstructed Character Archetype: Of The Charmer.
- His charisma leads the Stormlords and Reachmen to support his claim based on superficial reasons, rather than following the law or assessing his competence as a war leader or administrator. The result is that the war against the Lannisters is fatally undermined because the Stormlands and Reach are riven by factionalism.
- As Robb Stark points out, Renly's claim goes against the Westerosi rules of succession. Had Renly succeeded in taking the throne, the country's system of inheritance would be turned on its ear, as usurpation would be seen as socially acceptable.
- Disc-One Final Boss: By the end of the first book, Renly commanded an enormous war host larger than all other armies on the continent put together. It didn't last very long.
- Dumb Is Good: He believes it is; at one point, he claims reading is for maesters.
- El Cid Ploy: Garlan Tyrell wore his armor and led the charge against Stannis at the Blackwater.
- Foil: To Daemon Blackfyre. Both charismatic figures who are backed to usurp the throne despite incredibly weak claims (in Daemon's case, being a bastard and though legitimized still younger then his trueborn brother, in Renly's being the youngest brother), both make enemies of their own blood in doing so, both ultimately killed by said blood in a fairly underhanded manner, and both considered good kings who never were by their supporters. Daemon however, was considered an excellent warrior and an otherwise genuine Knight in Shining Armor despite his Rebellion, while Renly likely never fought for real outside of jousts and the like, and was a smarmy Jerkass in private. And while Bloodraven utterly loathed the Blackfyres and had zero regrets putting them in the ground, Stannis ends up regretting Renly's demise, and is haunted by whatever culpability he had in his assassination.
- Flaw Exploitation: He tried to foist Margaery Tyrell onto Robert as a mistress by trying to convince him she looked like his Lady Lyanna.
- Freudian Excuse: His parents died when he was only an infant, not to mention the trauma he most likely sustained while nearly starving in Storm's End.
- Hanging Separately: With Eddard in the first book, and with his elder brother in the second book.
- Heir Club for Men: If he heeded to the rules of succession, he is behind Joffrey, Tommen and Stannis in line to the throne; if he had recognized Stannis as the heir, he would have been second in line (Stannis even offers him the position as his heir). He said screw that!, and crowned himself king regardless.
- Hide Your Lesbians: Renly and Loras had a sexual relationship. It was handled subtly, because most Westerosi feel that it's not their business what (or who) Renly's doing on the side, and Word of Gay was necessary before some fans would believe it.
- Historical Hero Upgrade: At the end of A Clash of Kings and in A Storm of Swords, Renly is elevated this by the winning Tyrell-Lannister coalition, playing up the Ghost of Renly angle at the end of the Battle of Blackwater. The song "Lord Renly's Ride" is even performed at King Joffrey's wedding, never mind the inconvenience of Renly actually contesting Joffrey's claim as well as Stannis or that he's casually reduced to "Lord" Renly when Margaery, bride at Joffrey's wedding, was his Queen.
- Hunk: Frequently described as a younger Robert: Handsome, as well as "tall and powerfully made". Although he was never as tall nor as muscular as Robert was in his prime.
- Hypocrite: He thinks he'd be a kind and good King, even though he was starving hundreds of thousands of people into submission. He also calls Stannis a usurper and says they're just the same, even though he possibly knew the incest before Ned. Renly also acts as if he's becoming King out of the people's desire... then when Catelyn suggests a Great Council Renly sneers it down.
- I Coulda Been a Contender!: Renly's followers still believe he could have been a great king. Whether or not this is true is debatable.
- It's All About Me: Shades of this. His quest for kingship did not necessarily improve things.
- Jerkass Has a Point: He could have just easily trampled over Stannis had there been a battle. Later, most of his troops turn to Stannis when his flimsy claim was inconveniently cut short by his untimely assassination.
- Kick the Dog: He mocked his niece Shireen's appearance often, even before coming into conflict with Stannis over the Iron Throne. And he mocks Brienne behind her back, even though he made her a Kingsguard because he sees she is loyal. Later during his negotiations with Stannis he repeats the rumor that Patchface is Shireen's father, knowing that it will annoy his brother.
- The Lost Lenore: For Loras.
- Might Makes Right: When discussing the legitimacy of his claim, he's quick to point out that he's got the biggest army.Catelyn: Let the three of you call for a Great Council... Let the assembled lords of the Seven Kingdoms choose who shall rule them.Renly: ... Tell me, my lady, do direwolves vote on who should lead the pack?... The time for talk is done. Now we see who is stronger.
- Nephewism: When Robert fathered Edric Storm with Lady Delena Florent, he sent the boy to live with Renly, who mostly had him taken care of by servants and maesters.
- Nice to the Waiter: One of his better qualities and reasons for his in-universe popularity. Although he was a lot less nice behind peoples' backs.
- No Historical Figures Were Harmed: Robert is based on Edward IV, Stannis on Richard III with Renly as the analogue to George, Duke of Clarence, a resentful, spoiled brother overshadowed and resentful of the prestige and reputation of his brothers, and finally rising in rebellion against the family by marrying into an enemy house, killed by his brother for his treachery, and who is wrongfully lionized as a hero by the new regime.
- Pet the Dog: His treatment of Brienne.
- Subverted somewhat when Loras reveals that he'd comment on how grotesque he found her in private. Unlike other nobles, Renly does realize her Undying Loyalty makes her valuable as a bodyguard.
- To be fair, Renly doesn't actually call her grotesque, rather that is Loras' description of her. Instead, Renly only privately admits to holding to the societal view of female warriors.
- Subverted somewhat when Loras reveals that he'd comment on how grotesque he found her in private. Unlike other nobles, Renly does realize her Undying Loyalty makes her valuable as a bodyguard.
- Pride: His biggest flaw.Renly: I have it in me to be a great king, strong yet generous, clever, just, diligent. Loyal to my friends and terrible to my enemies, yet capable of forgiveness, patient—Catelyn: —humble?Renly, laughing: You must allow a king some flaws, my lady.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: He based his claim on his very powerful and influential friendship with the Tyrells and the vassal houses of the Stormlands; granted, his offer was so attractive that he even brought people from the Vale into the fold. One of his main arguments is that Stannis would make a terrible king altogether, offering himself as a better choice and usurping his brother's claim.
- Secret Relationship: With Loras, which they can't reveal due to prejudices against it. Several characters are hinted at knowing about it.
- Sleazy Politician: Is one at heart, although he's charming and charismatic enough so he doesn't appear like one.
- Spanner in the Works: While Littlefinger may have been the overall mastermind, it was Renly's actions that, unintentionally, ensured that a straightforward Succession Crisis became a war of multiple factions:
- Ned wanted a smooth transition to Stannis over the illegitimate children, yet Renly's decision to abandon Ned and leave the capital with Loras and their contingent prevented Ned from having proper allies at the key moment of Robert's death, forcing him to turn to Littlefinger and Janos Slynt instead, leading to his downfall. In his defense, Renly was acting in self-preservation and feared for his life, but things could have gone the other way had he lingered. Cersei later noted that her coup over Ned was closer than expected and that any other additional factor could have tipped the balance the other way.
- Renly declaring himself a King divided the Stormlands into Pro-Stannis and Pro-Renly factions and furthermore alienated outsiders. The North rebelled against the Iron Throne after Ned's capture and execution, and when considering a rival claimant to back rejected Renly leapfrogging the line of succession and setting a dangerous precedent, which coupled with Stannis' silence, led them to declare Robb King in the North. This in turn led the North and Riverland Lords to declare Robb King in the North. Had it not been for Renly, the North would have probably rallied behind Stannis as Ned intended, and there would have been a proper alliance against the Lannisters.
- Start My Own: Created the Rainbow Guard to rival the Kingsguard.
- Straight Gay: Although this isn't known to the public at large.
- Ungrateful Bastard: He argues that he owes no loyalty towards Stannis, nor anyone should either, even when Stannis almost died keeping him alive during the Siege of Storm's End... that very siege that was held by the Tyrells.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Stannis misses him for the boy he was and not the man he became.
- The Usurper: Renly has no real legal claim on the Iron Throne, which he acknowledges and accepts, but his belief that Might Makes Right drives him to fight for it anyway.
- Villain with Good Publicity: Renly is remembered as a kind and heroic Lord who came back from the dead to save the Seven Kingdoms from his brother even though he was really just a vain and scheming figure who was impersonated after his death. Brienne still thinks of him as a good King, overlooking his unpleasant qualities and ignoring Renly's true opinion of her.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: Like most Westerosi, Renly has Outgrown Such Silly Superstitions and dismisses Melisandre's power. Boy, was he wrong.
- Yes-Man: His only role in the small council seemed to have been to just go along with whatever his brother wanted.
- Young Conqueror: How he fancied himself.
- Youngest Child Wins: Tried to invoke this trope against Stannis. Robb Stark points out why this is fundamentally absurd in the context of Westerosi society:Robb Stark: Heís Robertís younger brother. Bran canít be Lord of Winterfell before me, and Renly canít be king before Lord Stannis.
Lord Steffon Baratheon
Lord Steffon BaratheonSon of Lord Ormund and Rhaelle Targaryen, husband of Cassana Estermont, and father of Robert, Stannis, and Renly Baratheon.
- The Captain: Of the Windproud.
- Childhood Friend: Of King Aerys II (his cousin) and Twyin Lannister. They all met at court while young and fought alongside each other during the War of the Ninepenny Kings, although their friendships became strained later in life.
- Cynicism Catalyst: His and his wife's deaths soured Stannis towards the Faith of the Seven.Stannis: I stopped believing in gods the day I saw the Windproud break up across the bay. Any gods so monstrous as to drown my mother and father would never have my worship, I vowed.
- Family-Unfriendly Death: His sons witnessed his ship sink in a storm. They also probably helped recover their bodies.
- Good Parents: Stannis remembers him fondly, and his sudden and tragic death within sight of Storm's End had a major effect on his personality. As recounted by Maester Cressen, one of the reasons why he bought Patchface's freedom was because he thought he could teach Stannis how to laugh.
- Replacement Goldfish: It was rumored that Aerys intended to replace Tywin Lannister with Lord Steffon, as the king's relationship with Tywin was turning sour. Given what happened to the other Hands after Tywin, he was probably lucky to have died before he too became Hand.
- The Quest: He and his wife were entrusted by the king with finding a suitable bride of old Valyrian blood for Prince Rhaegar in Essos. They didn't succeed.
Lord Orys Baratheon, Hand of the King, Lord of Storm's End, Lord Paramount of the Stormlands
- "My shield, my stalwart, my strong right hand."—King Aegon Targaryen I
- An Arm and a Leg: Was captured by the Dornish and had his sword hand chopped off by Wyl of Wyl the second time Aegon invaded Dorne. He later paid the debt back by capturing Walter Wyl, the son of Wyl of Wyl, and cut off his sword hand. Then he cut off Walter's other hand and both feet due to interest gathered over the years since his own hand was cut off.
- And Now You Must Marry Me: Married the last Storm King's daughter to secure the Stormlands' loyalty.
- Best Served Cold: He became obsessed with getting revenge against House Wyl after losing his hand. He paid them back by chopping off the limbs of the son of the man who took his hand.
- Body Motifs: Hands.
- Curtains Match the Window: Mentioned as being "black of hair and black of eyes".
- Driven to Madness: Losing his hand to the Wyl of Wyl during the First Dornish War took a toll on his sanity.
- Frontline General: He always personally led his men into battle and could often be found at the thickest part of the fighting.
- Generation Xerox: A dead ringer for the younger version of his descendant, Robert Baratheon, except for Robert's blue Durrandon eyes.
- Go Out with a Smile: Orys's son Davos said he died content, smiling at the rotten hands and feet dangling in his tent.
- Heroic Bastard: If the rumors of him being a bastard Targaryen are true. The heroic part is there, though. All in all, he was an awesome guy. He was Aegon the Conqueror's Number Two, a great general, a powerful lord, and a Knight in Shining Armor. When fighting King Argilac during the Last Storm, he dismounted and met the king in single combat, on equal terms, because he respected him. When Queen Argella's men betrayed her to him, instead of raping her and taking her as a concubine, he covered her up with his own cloak, offered her food and drink, and treated her respectfully. She ends up willingly marrying him and ruling as Lady of the Stormlands, recognizing his greatness when once she and her father had rejected him for his birth.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With the Conqueror. Orys was his best friend and rumored bastard brother, and the King respected him above all others. Argilac the Arrogant's outrageous insult in killing Aegon's envoy was doubly so because he honestly thought offering Orys as a husband for Princess Argella was as close as one could come to marrying Aegon himself.
- Hunk: Definitely, if the younger Robert did look like him. Robert is after all described in his prime as tall, handsome and muscled like a maiden's fantasy.
- I Have You Now, My Pretty: Averted with Princess Argella. When she was handed over to him bounded and naked, he didn't lay an hand on her and treated her with respect and even married her.
- Irony: Yes, the founder of the dynasty that ended up removing the Targaryens from power, was very loyal to the Targaryens.
- Knight in Shining Armor: After Orys slays her father in combat, Queen Argella continues the resistance against him. Until her people betray her and send her to Orys naked in chains. Orys wraps her in his cloak, offering her food and wine. A gesture which coincidentally granted her protection from harm due to Sacred Hospitality. She later accepts him as ruler of Storm's End and they marry.
- The Lancer: To Aegon during The War of The Conquest.
- Mama's Baby, Papa's Maybe: Rumored to be a Targaryen bastard.
- Number Two: As Aegon's Hand of the King.
- This received a bitter Call-Back when Orys lost his sword hand, as he also resigned as Hand.
- Only Friend: Aegon was notoriously solitary and intoverted in life, Orys was his only confidant and companion besides his sister-wives.
- Undying Loyalty: To the Targaryens.
- You Kill It, You Bought It: When he defeated the Storm King he is rewarded with Storm's End, all its lands and eventually marries the king's daughter. He even adopts the Durrandon sigil, the black stag on yellow, and their house words, Ours Is The Fury, as his own.
Ser Raymont Baratheon
Ser Raymont BaratheonSer Raymont Baratheon was a knight from House Baratheon and a younger son of Lord Baratheon. He was a member of Aenys I Targaryen's Kingsguard. Ser Raymont saved the life of his king when Poor Fellows attempted to murder him in his bed after scaling the walls of the Red Keep.
Lord Robar Baratheon
Lord Robar Baratheon, Protector of the Realm, Hand of the KingLord of Storm's End and Lord Paramount of the Stormlands during the reign of Maegor Targaryen. He was the first lord to declare for the young Jaehaerys Targaryen and was proclaimed Hand of the King and Protector of the Realm as a result. He later married Alyssa Velaryon, siring Boremund and Jocelyn Baratheon.
- Dragon-in-Chief: As Jaehaerys was still a young teenager when he laid claim to the Iron Throne, Robar was named Protector of the Realm, the topmost military commander of the Seven Kingdoms.
- My Nayme Is: Robar instead of Robert. Rather confusingly, he's called Rogar Baratheon in Sons Of The Dragon.
- Number Two: As Hand of the King he was the second most powerful man of the realm.
Lord Boremund Baratheon
Lord Boremund Baratheon
- "Lord Boremund was stone, hard and strong and unmoving."—Septon Eustace
Lord Borros Baratheon
Lord Borros Baratheon
- "Lord Borros was the wind, which rages and howls and blows this way and that."—Septon Eustace
The son of Lord Boremund and Lord of Storm's End during the Dance of the Dragons. He had four unnamed daughters.
- Alliterative Name: Like his father.
- Arranged Marriage: Arranges the marriage of one of his daughters to Prince Aemond Targaryen. After Aemond was killed during the Dance of the Dragons, he eventually made plans to marry the oldest of the aforementioned daughters to the now widowed king Aegon II, but died before he could go through with it.
- Blood Knight: More so than his father.
- Character Death: He was slain by Lord Kermit Tully.
- Everybody Has Standards: Refuses to allow Aemond to attack Luke as the latter is a guest under his roof.
- Jerkass: Comes across as having been rather a pain in the rear, actually. If one with standards.
- Last Stand: Before being killed, he cut down the Lords Darry and Mallister plus a dozen more knights.
- Never Learned to Read: His Maester had to read any letters he received. It is implied that the Maester twisted Rhaenyra's message for the worse when Luke Velaryon arrived to Storm's End, as Rhaenyra was completely sure that she had Lord Borros' allegiance and sent Luke completely unarmed as a diplomat.
- Underestimating Badassery: He dismissed the young Riverlords and ladies who command the Blacks' host at the Kingsroad near King's Landing as no threat to him. They ended up killing him and crushing his army.
Lord Lyonel Baratheon
Lord Lyonel Baratheon
The Laughing Storm
- "There has not been a Trial of Seven for more than a hundred years. I was not about to miss a chance to fight the Kingsguard knights, and tweak Prince Maekar's nose in the bargain."
- An Axe to Grind: This was his weapon of choice when fighting at melees and tournaments.
- Boisterous Bruiser: And, funny with it. Some of his outrageous behaviour is for intimidation's sake. But, mostly... you get the impression he's greatly enjoying himself by getting stuck in.
- The Champion: To Dunk.
- The Charmer: He is known for his friendly and engaging personality.
- Dramatic Irony: Aegon V had promised Prince Duncan to Lyonel's daughter. After Prince Duncan refused the match and married Jenny of Oldstones instead, Lyonel was furious, breaking all ties with the Iron Throne and naming himself Storm King. Lyonel returned to the fold after he was beaten in single combat by a member of Aegon V's Kingsguard. That member? Ser Duncan the Tall.
- The Dreaded: A light hearted example. At a jousting tournament Lyonel had developed the habit of laughing the entire time he faced lesser foes and then tossing his defeated opponents expensive decorative helm pieces to his adoring fans as a souvenir. After a string of these victories most high born knights were terrified of challenging him to a joust lest they be made a fool of.
- The Gadfly: Oh, yes. Not just one to leave the puffed-up and pointless looking embarrassed on the field. He's quite capable of making them openly trip over their own misdeeds, words, oaths and promises, too. Can be oddly Brutally Honest, about it: a prince may be a prince, but if he's also a little snot, he'll be called out for that.
- The Juggernaut: He was pretty much unstoppable in the tourneys he took part.
- Knight in Shining Armor: He championed Ser Duncan against Prince Aerion during the Trial of the Seven in order to save Dunk from losing a foot and a hand for attacking Aerion in defence of a commoner.
- Our Founder: He can be seen as this, in light of the recent turn in fortunes for the Baratheons. His unsuccessful rebellion gave them a claim to the Iron throne, which they made good on in Robert's Rebellion.
- The Prankster: When jousting any challenger he felt was unworthy to face him, he proceeded to laugh until he'd unhorsed them. In many instances instead of aiming to knock his challengers off their horses, he often aimed for his opponent's decorative pieces to knock them off or simply chopped them off afterwards with his sword and flung them into the crowd.
- Signature Laugh: His laugh earned him his nickname.
- Tall, Dark, and Handsome: He inherited the trademark Baratheon black hair and good looks.
- Trial by Combat: Participated in the Trial of the Seven in favor of Ser Duncan the Tall against Prince Aerion. Later he fought against Ser Duncan in a trial to determine the outcome of Lord Lyonel's rebellion against Aegon V.
- We Used to Be Friends: Aegon V and Lyonel were such close friends that they sought to cement their friendship formally by betrothing their children to one another, uniting the two houses. Unfortunately, Aegon's son Prince Duncan had other plans, and ran off to wed his lover in a secret marriage. Lyonel was so outraged at this affront that he renounced his pledge of loyalty and rose up in revolt. Thankfully, he and Aegon were able to patch things up again eventually.
Lord Ormund Baratheon